Sacred & Profane

6 EpisodesProduced by The Religion, Race & Democracy Lab at the University of VirginiaWebsite

We may imagine that the sacred is set apart from life, but religion is involved in every aspect of our day-to-day world. How we live together and apart. How we argue. How we flourish. The sacred is the profane.

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Set Apart

September 16th, 2019


In 1872, an act of Congress transformed newly acquired territory in the American west into Yellowstone National Park. The act declared that the land was "hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale …

I Sent The Gods Back

September 2nd, 2019


Over 2,500 years ago, a victorious army marched through the open gates of the mighty city of Babylon. Soon after came a decree: that all the conquered peoples who had been brought to the city — the people who helped …

Consider Hassan

August 26th, 2019


When Americans think about Austria, it’s easy to fall back on quaint stereotypes — the home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, where people climb and ski the snow-capped alps and still wear lederhosen and dirndls. But …

What Would Krishna Do?

August 19th, 2019


West Virginia has been shaped by resource extraction for hundreds of years. First came timber, then coal. These days, it’s hydraulic fracking. And …

A New Life, Together

August 12th, 2019


2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, when close to a million people were killed in one hundred days.

UVA’s Larycia Hawkins sits down with Christophe Mbonyingabo, who’s been working to repair the …

A Common Thread

August 1st, 2019


In the 3rd century BCE, Ashoka Maurya ruled an empire stretching from the Kandahar valley of Afghanistan across most of the Indian subcontinent. It …

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